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Let it be? Thank you, but no

January 4, 2013

“When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”

~ Paul McCartney

The great musician, songwriter and composer of The Beatles wrote these worldwide renowned words (although John Lennon is often credited) during a brief period of difficulty, when the group was having problems and he was a bachelor in London living on the wild side. He had a dream where his mother, Mary, who died when he was 14, came to him and reassuringly told him to “let it be.”

He took it as a message to be gentle, not fight things, just try to go with the flow and everything will work out. He noted it also became a comforting, healing statement for other people, which is nice, but the guiding attributes he found consoling have led many through times warranting the opposite–inaction where action is indispensable.

The message engraved beyond its scope of personal comfort, sprawling into society. Since the song’s release in 1970, problems continue rising within economic, political, social, environmental–all sectors of life. The majority of population finds solace in the words, indicated by inaction. While a minority lives to work toward bettering woes of the word, an overwhelming populace has yielded and “let it be.”

Current social expectations, media, institutions and technology, to give an incomplete list, advocate plush living disparately with minimal work, encouraging people to see issues as incongruent with idealistic life and “let them be.”

Although confined to speculation, there also seems to be an apposite reliance on authority to superintend complex, daunting issues. This generates a two-fold concern.

First, authority wields power through regulation and intimidation, influencing citizenry to serve without interference, culminating an essence of docility breeding disbelief in one’s capacity to impact substantial results.

Second, the operating status quo under conditions of the former concern are responsible for causing the brunt of disturbing issues, while simultaneously restricting public faculty to solve them.

Through this reasoning one can rationally surmise why the majority opts to “let it be.” Coincidentally, coinciding logic imposes an exigent demand to do just the opposite–to muster mettle and gumption toward change.

This linkage between lyric, action and the current state of affairs is conversely analogous to positive insight, as it illuminates evidence of successful collective individual action leading to widespread results.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead

Despite presiding circumstance rendering us prone to go with the flow, it’s of prime importance to respectively decline the consoling motto of McCartney’s words and do the opposite, recognizing the inspiring example of triumphant collective belief they represent.

Thank you, Mr. McCartney, but no. For the future well-being of humanity, I will not simply “let it be” any longer. Will you?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2013 1:37 am

    This is a constant inner conflict of mine. As one who practices compassion and kindness, it is important to me to “let it be”. But as an advocate for the planet and all of her inhabitants, I cannot simply “let it be”. I do act, but I do so in kind ways. It is an interesting dichotomy.

  2. January 5, 2013 2:15 am

    Interesting indeed, and important. You illuminate the possibility to consciously act in whatever way works for you, which is meaningful in the real world and correlates with your being. Anyone who acts and advocates positive betterment is taking strides in the right direction, no matter how they do so–thank you for sharing.

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